NCGS library notes

The Descendants of William Leete

Compiled by Edward L. Leete – 1884, second edition 1934

One of the Family History books we have in our NCGS Library is The Descendants of William Leete.

I did an Ancestry.com search for the Leete surname in Niagara County in their US Federal Census Collection and there were over 100,000 results of Niagara County Leetes.  I did a similar search in Find A Grave and found 13 results of Leetes buried in Niagara County.

If you have Leete’s in your family tree, come visit our NCGS Library.  You can look at our Descendants of William Leete book along with our many other family histories that we have.  Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094 and we are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm. 

Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society, Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club and a member of APG (Assn of Professional Genealogists)

NCGS library notes

Wightman Family History Books

Our library contains many family history books that have been donated by genealogists.  We have five books on the Wightman family.  The first two were written by Wade C. Wightman:

These books contain genealogies that also include pictures.  They were written in 1990 and 1994.

The remaining three are binders written by James Edward Wightman. 

They include items such as stories, newspaper clippings, pictures, military information and much more!

If you are connected to the Wightman family, please visit our library to look through these resources!  Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094 and we are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm.

Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

NCGS library notes

Spotlight on our Vertical Files – Baker

Throughout the years, our librarians and volunteers have clipped and copied loads of news articles and filed them by surname in our library. 

Files like these may also include pedigree charts, family group sheets, pictures, and more if members have donated them.

If you have family group sheets, pictures, etc. that you would like to donate to our Vertical Files, please contact us!  Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094.  We are open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 1 – 4:45pm or you can reach us by e mail at: comments@niagaragenealogy.org


If you are unable to easily visit our library to check out our Vertical Files, remember that your membership to the Niagara County Genealogical Society entitles you to one FREE 30-minute Look-up in our Library’s holdings.  More information about our Society, membership and other benefits can be found at: http://niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html.  (Psst: You can apply for a membership and renew online from our website!)

Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

NCGS library notes

Town of Lockport –Births, Weddings and Deaths – 1811-1955

One of the books we have in our NCGS library is the Town of Lockport Recordings of Births – Weddings – & Deaths.  Beginning: 1811.  Last Entry: 1955.

Each section of the book is organized by Surname Letter of the Alphabet but not alphabetically within that Letter.  So be sure to check through the entire Surname Letter as the entries also don’t seem to be in a particular date order.

Here is a page from the Weddings section of the book.  These are also organized by Surname Letter by the Groom’s surname.  Again they are not in alphabetical or date order so check all of the listings under the letter of the alphabet for your ancestor.  A neat touch is that many of the weddings include a time that the ceremony was held.

The third section of the book is the index of deaths.  Many of the names include an age for the deceased.  There is also a second date column.  I would assume that date is for the burial, but I’m not sure why the Town would record that information as I would imagine that people would be buried in various cemeteries. Regardless, this book is a wonderful resource if you had ancestors that lived in the Town of Lockport.

If you’d like to look through our Town of Lockport Recordings of Births – Weddings – & Deaths book, please visit our NCGS Library.  Our library is located on the 2nd floor of the Niagara County Historical Society located at 215 Niagara St., Lockport, NY  14094 and we are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 1:00pm–4:45pm.

If you do not live close to our library, you can become a member of our Society and take advantage of our Look-up Program.  The Look-up services is available to members only.  Members are entitled to one FREE 30-minute Look-up in the Library’s holdings OR one Obituary Look-up in the Lockport Public Library.  After the free Look-up, additional Look-ups are available for a nominal fee.  Look-ups for the membership year need to be requested by December 14th. You can apply for membership right from our website at: http://niagaragenealogy.org/membership.html

Contributor: Jeanette Sheliga of Lockport NY is Vice-President of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and Organizer of the North Tonawanda Library Genealogy Club.

In the News

Niagara County in the News

The following notice was published in the Lockport Daily Journal
on Monday April 11, 1887 :

“St. Patrick’s church was crowded at 10:30 o ‘clock yesterday morning in honor of Easter day. The choir, under the directorship of Otto SITERNSTATTER, rendered Hayden’s 1st mass in excellent style, and the singing was of the best  given by this large and well balanced choir. The Rev. Father Barrett, assistant to rector Father Cannon, preached an able sermon on “Easter Sunday.” The church looked inviting with it’s new coat of paint and re-touched frescoes and new gas fixtures. An early mass was given at 8 o’clock. The church was brightly illuminated, some three hundred lights being burning. Vespers was sung by Father Cannon at 7:30 o’clock, followed by a solemn benediction of the blessed sacrament. It is estimated that 3000 people attended services in this yesterday. “

Contributor: Shelley Richards is the Board Chairman of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and author of “St. Patrick’s Cemetery” and recently released “St. Patrick’s Cemetery – Volume II”.

In the News

Niagara County in the News

The following notice was published in the Buffalo Courier Express on August 29, 1911:

“(Jack) CAFLISCH, who at one time performed a vaudeville turn on a wireless tower, 40 feet high in Cleveland, scoffs at the suggestion that there is any heroism in his exploit. ‘Hundreds could do It with practice,’ he says. ‘Some steeplejacks tell of the dangers of looking down. That’s all bosh. I can frequently recognize friends in the street below.’ Caflisch and his partner, Paul HANSEN, recently removed an eight foot stone cross replacing it with one of copper on the steeple of St. Patrick’s Church at Lockport, (NY).

Contributor: Shelley Richards is the Board Chairman of the Niagara County Genealogical Society and author of “St. Patrick’s Cemetery” and recently released “St. Patrick’s Cemetery – Volume II”.